Northern News : February 2nd 2011
Wednesday, February 2, 2011 Blacksmith's Bar 215 Kerikeri Road Stone Store Basin Kerikeri ksmith's Bar Available for VATE FUNCTIONS 9 407 8479 www.thepeartree.co.nz Open Thursday Sunday from 5pm till late The old Blacksmiths Shed is now a bar. Join us for Happy Hour from 5 - 7pm for $5 house wines and beers Big thanks for officer Thanks mate: Constable Daniel Cleaver with Kaeo residents, from left: Andy Heaven, John Owens, Dorothy and David Hazelden and Tina Winder and, seated, Shaynee Heaven, Zane Cook and Kole Heaven. Photo: RICHARD EDMONDSON By RICHARD EDMONDSON ' People respect him and he's maintained an impartiality that has allowed him to tread in all camps. ' John Owens BEING a cop can be a thank- less job at the best of times and a dangerous one at the worst. But the people of Kaeo have dug deep into their pockets and said a big thank you to their sole-charge policeman of four-and-a-half years who has been promoted to a job in Whangarei. A small group of residents presented constable Daniel Cleaver with a farewell gift after circulating a collection in the town. A resident who does not wish to be named says she organised the whip- around so constable Cleaver would know the people of Kaeo valued his contribution to their community. I just wanted to do some- thing nice for him so he would leave the town know- ing he was appreciated, because he s been a really good policeman. People collectively donated $300 which she used to buy Mr Cleaver a $100 Repco voucher and a stainless steel engraving of a fish to remind him of fishing trips in Whangaroa. Everybody just said, yeah . They were all pretty enthusiastic about it and thought it was a good idea. Kaeo Farm and Fuel owner John Owens says Mr Cleaver is an outstanding policeman who will leave big shoes to fill. My abiding memory will be during the floods when there was no obvious co- ordinated Civil Defence. He just took control. Mr Cleaver was particu- larly supportive to Kaeo busi- ness owners. He s gone out of his way to keep us informed about what s going on and he s given us some really good information in terms of secur- ity of our premises and products. He also built good relation- ships with the community. People respect him and he s maintained an impartiality that has allowed him to tread in all camps. Mr Cleaver says he s enjoyed being Kaeo s police officer. You ve got a good, support- ive, pro-policing community here which makes life easier. He will take good memories of Kaeo to his new job as sergeant in charge of the police youth crime squad. As horrible as the 2007 floods were, they brought the community together. That was really heartening to see. Constable Rhys Dempster will take over until police appoint a replacement.
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